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Arrest in Human-Trafficking investigation,
Woman, 19, facing 10 charges

Broadcast time: 13:02
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

31 Division

Case #: 2017-922030

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public of an arrest in a Human-Trafficking investigation.

Members of 31 Division Criminal Investigations Bureau, and the TPS Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, started an investigation into an alleged Human-Trafficking occurrence.

It is alleged that:

- some time in 2016, a woman, 39, met another woman, 19, in the Hamilton area

- the woman, 19, recruited the woman, 39, into working as a paid escort, so she could make money to re-pay a debt she owed to the 19-year-old

- the woman, 39, initially refused

- the woman, 19, was persistent, and eventually coerced her into working in the sex-trade industry

- to promote the service, the woman, 19, took photographs of the woman, 39, in various stages of undress, and posted advertisements on

- the woman, 39, was forced to hand over all the money she made to the woman, 19

- she was put to work in various hotels in Toronto and Hamilton as an escort

- she was assaulted, threatened, and forced to provide sexual services

- on Thursday, May 25, 2017, the woman, 39, managed to escape the woman, 19

- she contacted police

- a warrant in the First was subsequently taken out for the arrest of the woman, 19

On Monday, May 29, 2017, Clarissa Marie Anson, 19, of Toronto, surrendered to police

- she was arrested

She has been charged with:

1) Trafficking in Persons by Recruiting
2) Procuring
3) Financial/Material Benefit/Trafficking Person over 18
4) Material Benefit from Sexual Services
5) Procuring/Exercising Control
6) Advertise Another Person’s Sexual Services
7) Assault
8) Uttering Threats to Cause Bodily Harm
9) Overcome Resistance by Choking
10) Extortion

She was scheduled to appear in court at College Park on Monday, May 29, 2017, room 507.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3104, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Police would like to encourage all affected individuals to come forward and report Human-Trafficking occurrences to police. We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy, regardless of their decision to proceed criminally.

Human Trafficking means every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation, for a sexual purpose or a forced labour purpose. Victims can be men, women or children; can be Canadian citizens; and can be moved across local, provincial or national borders. They can be coerced through violence or the threat of violence against family and friends. The Human Trafficking Enforcement Team of Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit the Sex Crimes website.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Filippo Bevilacqua, 31 Division

Arrest in Human-Trafficking investigation,
Woman, 19, facing 10 charges

Clarissa Marie Anson, 19, arrested in Human-Trafficking investigation
Above: Clarissa Marie Anson, 19, arrested in Human-Trafficking investigation